Launch customer Etihad Airways took delivery of the first Airbus A330-200F Freighter at a ceremony on Tuesday here at the Farnborough airshow. The aircraft, which can haul up to 70 metric tons of cargo, will enter service with Etihad’s cargo business, Etihad Crystal Cargo, in September. It is on display for the duration of the airshow, after which it will undertake final pre-delivery preparations by Airbus in Toulouse.
Dubai’s Emirates Airline has ordered a further 32 A380s from Airbus, raising its firm order total for double-deck transport to 90 aircraft. The parties signed the contract, worth $11.5 billion at list prices, in a ceremony today at the Berlin Air Show, witnessed by German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Emirates Airline group chairman and CEO Sheikh Ahmed Bin Saeed Al-Maktoum and Airbus president and CEO Tom Enders.
Airbus did its best to show a brave face during the May 19 ceremony marking the delivery of the first Lufthansa Airlines A380. For despite the festive atmosphere and the fact that Lufthansa had become the fifth airline to accept delivery of the superjumbo, the struggles the program has experienced couldn’t go completely ignored.
Emirates Airline plans to reinstate Airbus A380 service between Dubai and New York JFK Airport on October 31, fifteen months after it ceased operating one of its superjumbos on the route due to insufficient demand. The decision to restore A380 service on one of Emirates’ twin daily JFK routes comes as the carrier reports an 8.1-percent revenue increase for the Americas for its 2009-10 fiscal year.
United Airlines has signed a firm order for 25 Airbus A350-900 XWBs, formalizing a commitment originally announced last December, the European manufacturer announced today. Plans call for deliveries of the Rolls-Royce Trent XWB-powered jets to begin in 2016 and run through 2019.
Airbus and Boeing tallied their 2009 delivery totals this month and each managed to meet its respective target, giving the companies a chance to trumpet all-time records during a year that by most others measures was “challenging.” In fact, Airbus even met its projections for gross orders for the year with 310, worth $34.9 billion.
Airbus delivered a record total of 498 aircraft last year, which is 15 more than it shipped in 2008, the company announced today. The figure includes 402 A320-family aircraft, 86 A330/A340s and 10 A380s. Airbus Military, the military aircraft division of Airbus, delivered 16 light and medium transport aircraft.
The first A330-200 Freighter last Friday emerged from the paint shop at Airbus’s Toulouse manufacturing complex as engineers ready the airplane for ground testing and transfer to the flight line. Airbus plans to hand over the airplane late this month to its flight-test department, which expects to fly it for the first time in November, on schedule.
Airbus confirmed to AIN today that it will build just 13 A380s this year, rather than the previously planned 14.
Turkish Airlines has signed a new firm order for five Boeing 777-300ERs valued at $1.38 billion at list prices, the manufacturer confirmed this morning. Boeing said the order marks the airline’s first purchase of new 777s directly from the company. The airline now operates three leased 312-passenger 777-300ERs, as well as 51 Boeing 737-800s, three 737-700s and eight 737-400s. It also flies 67 Airbus jets of various types.